Netflix is keeping the announcements coming fast and furious in the first week of 2016. Earlier this week, it revealed the premiere date of its new Judd Apatow series “Love” and an expanded partnership with DreamWorks Animation.
Now, it’s trumpeting its 10-episode season order for “Gypsy,” a new hour-long psychological thriller from Universal Television and Working Title TV set to premiere in 2017.
Written by Lisa Rubin (pictured, left), “Gypsy” focuses on Jean Holloway, a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’ lives.
Rubin’s lone IMDB credit is for the 2011 short “Yara with the Long Blond Braid,” which she directed from a script Mira el Koussa. But she has several upcoming screenwriting projects on her plate, including adaptations of the novels “I Was Here” by Gayle Forman for New Line and Jessica Tom’s “Food Whore: A Novel of Dining and Deceit” for DreamWorks.
Rubin will executive produce “Gypsy” with Liza Chasin, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title. No casting has been announced for the series.
In other Netflix news, the streaming service took advantage of the building buzz for this Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards to announce that its new feature “Special Correspodents,” written and directed by Globes host Ricky Gervais, will premiere on April 29. The project was first announced in April 2015.
The satire stars Eric Bana (“Lone Survivor,” “Munich”) as a dissipated New York-based radio journalist who hatches a scheme his with his technician (Gervais) to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America and hide out above a Spanish restaurant in Queens.
The cast also features Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel,” “Up in the Air”), Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire,” “Brave”), Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects,” “Casino”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty,” “Superstore”), Raúl Castillo (“Looking,” “Cold Weather”) and Benjamin Bratt (“24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order”).
The film is a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment. Its producers are Gervais, Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Manuel Munz and Larry Sanitsky. Jason Cloth and Ron McLeod are executive producers.
“Special Correspondents” is not Netflix’s first project with Gervais. The streamer was the U.S. outlet for his series “Derek,” and Australian telecom giant Optus used the actor — who created the series “Extras” and the original British version of “The Office” — in a promotional campaign for Netflix’s Australian launch last spring.